State Sen. Kevin Bacon has introduced a bill to make last year’s sales tax holiday for retail school items a recurring annual event.

Bill would bring sales tax holiday back

Senator: So shoppers can save in August, bill had to be introduced now

An Ohio state senator has good news for families with kids in school.

State Sen. Kevin Bacon has introduced a bill to make last year’s sales tax holiday for retail school items a recurring annual event.

Last year, the holiday started Friday morning Aug. 7 and stretched through Sunday evening Aug. 9. By all accounts, it was a hit.

“We had some good feedback on that,” Bacon said in an interview early Wednesday.

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Last year’s holiday let shoppers buy as many items of clothing and shoes that cost $75 or less, and as many school supplies that cost $20 or less per item, as they wished, without paying state and local sales taxes.

How much will a recurring holiday cost the state? And how much will it save shoppers?

Bacon said the Ohio Department of Taxation is performing an analysis of those very questions. But in order to have the bill passed by early August for back-to-school shoppers, legislation must be introduced now, he said.

There is no indication how long the state’s analysis will take. But Bacon, a Minerva Park Republican, is confident that the bill’s prospects before his fellow legislators and Gov. John Kasich are good.

“You have people who could really use the break,” Bacon said.

Lora Miller, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants director of governmental affairs, told Cox Media Group Ohio last year that, “It sounds like consumers really took full advantage.”

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